New School Focus: Faculty of Veterinary Medication

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Fei Zhao: Assistant Professor, Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Kaifeng, China

Fei Zhao

Education / professional background: I received a PhD in toxicology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in reproductive and developmental biology from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

How did you get into your research area? My keen interest in reproductive science and developmental biology. Zhao’s laboratory aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the sexual differentiation of the reproductive organs.

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Seth Eaton: Clinical Assistant Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology, Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Education / professional background: VMD, DACVO

Seth Eaton

How did you get into your research area? My path to academic medicine and clinical research was enhanced through my involvement in preclinical drug development and comparative vision science as a member of OSOD, a research consortium led by Dr. Chris Murphy, a professor emeritus here at the University of Wisconsin, co-founded. Therefore, part of my research interest here is on ophthalmic pharmacology and toxicology in small animal patients, particularly with regard to glaucoma. However, I am also actively involved in the study of comparative ocular oncology, in particular the diagnosis and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the eye in horses and melanocytic diseases and tumors of the eye in dogs and cats.

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Chelsea Holschbach: Clinical Instructor in Internal Medicine for Large Animals, Department of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Chelsea Holschbach

Hometown: Baraboo, Wis.

Education / professional background: I grew up on a Wisconsin dairy and aspired to be a great veterinarian from a young age. To pursue these endeavors, I studied Dairy Science at UW-Madison before entering Veterinary School in 2010. After graduation, I did an internship in veterinary medicine, surgery, and field service at Colorado State University. I returned to Madison in 2015 for a dual residency in large animal medicine and a Masters degree. In 2019, I completed my MS in Dairy Science and received board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. I then became a clinical trainer for large animal medicine at UW-Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

How did you get into your research area? I’ve always been particularly interested in milk calves. During my veterinary training at UW, I was fortunate to work with some experts in dairy calf health who piqued my interest in research. As a graduate student, my research focused on respiratory disease in premeaned dairy calves and the use of pulmonary ultrasound to diagnose pneumonia and monitor response to treatment.

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Kimberly Keil Stietz: Assistant Professor, Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.

Education / professional background: BS, St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin; PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Postdoc, University of California-Davis.

Kimberly Keil Steitz

How did you get into your research area? I was interested in developmental biology, which grew during my time as a PhD student studying the growth mechanisms of the prostate. My interest extended to the investigation of how environmental factors could influence development processes. That’s why I combined my thesis and postdoctoral thesis with our goal of understanding how developmental exposure to environmental chemicals can affect the morphology and function of the lower urinary tract.

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